Heroes for Sale
Heroes for Sale (1933)

In this film, Richard Barthelmess plays a wounded war hero whose hospital stay has turned him into a morphine junkie. He wanders from town to town looking for work during the Depression, only to be turned away. Eventually, Barthelmess… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Many a mystery is less bewildering than Heroes for Sale, which was not intended as a puzzler at all.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Not a gram of fat in Wellman's crazy, urgent, ribald Depression pamphlet

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A satisfactory but vexing populist social conscience film from the Depression-era.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This is also bracingly egalitarian, attacking the hypocrisy of communists and capitalists alike.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A Pre-Code Battle in Seattle... Heroes for Sale is not a perfect film, and not particularly interested in perfection, but really and truly, pretend this isn't a cliché: they don't make 'em like this anymore.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

The schizophrenic tone twists as much as the plot... but Wellman's gritty sensibility makes it simmer.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A hokey melodrama that is too far from reality to be enjoyed.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An astonishment: a no-punches-pulled social history of America from World War I to 1933 that covers trench warfare, drug addiction, Communism, automation, labor riots, false imprisonment, xenophobia, bread lines and more.

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socialist depression era classic, also notable as the last hollywood film to reference drug use for more than 20 years, until preminger's 'man with… More
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The consensual iconography within 1930s would be the conceits of endurance during the gritty Great Depression and the everlasting anticipation of Messiah -… More
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The second film in TCM?s great depression series was even more of an unexpected treat. Director William Wellman is far from the most famous director of early… More